- Fungi are usually heterotrophs meaning they derive their energy from other organisms.
- They ingest their food through the process of absorption.
- Small organic molecules are absorbed from the surrounding environment.
- They digest their food outside their body by secreting powerful hydrolytic enzymes into the food.
- These enzymes decompose complex molecules to the simply compounds that can be absorbed.
- Their aborptive mode of nutrition seperates the fungi into 3 distinct types:
- Saprobic - Energy from nonliving organic material such as dead things.
- Parasitic - Energy from cells of living host.
- Mutualistic - Energy from another organism, however they reciprocate with function. Meaning it is beneficial for both.